We have reviewed many websites, and offer them to you as “first steps” if you are looking for information to help your child.

In the first set, each website covers a variety of topics.

In the second set, pediatricians have selected a list of diseases parents are likely to ask about.


Websites covering several topics of interest to parents:

Canadian Paediatric Society is the national association of pediatricians and provides a range of information on many children’s health topics.

Caring for Kids is designed to provide parents with information about their child’s health and well-being. The site is developed by the Canadian Pediatric Society.

HealthyChildren.org published by the American Academy of Pediatrics is a parenting web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation services.

HealthLink BC provides fact sheets on over 180 health and safety topics. Translations available. Or call 811.

KidsHealth is part of The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media.  KidsHealth provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.

About Kids Health from the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children  provides a lot of  unbiased and evidence-based information including A-Z of illnesses, operations, etc for parents. About Kids Health believes that all children deserve the best possible opportunity for a healthy, full childhood; and that the internet is an extraordinary tool that offers a unique opportunity to support better pediatric health in both advantaged and vulnerable populations in Canada and world-wide.

There’s lots of useful information for parents on the MedSchoolForParents website, which is authored by Dr. Ran Goldman from the BC Children’s Hospital.

The purpose of the Family Support Institute is to strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability. They believe that families are the best resource available to support one another. Directed by families, the Family Support Institute provides information, training, and province-wide networking to assist families and their communities to build upon and share their strengths.

Decoda Literacy Solutions is the provincial literacy organization. Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. Early reading and thinking skills are learned at home.  Support materials for parents can be found on this site.

Be Smart, Don’t Choke is an evidenced-based educational website that fits within science and social responsibility curricula for preteens and teenagers. Exposure to this website was found to significantly improve teenagers’ understanding of choking hazards and choking prevention. By teaching children before they finish high school (as well as parents and other adults who care for children), the website is intended to create a generational impact.

Provincial Infant Development Programs.

BC Children’s Hospital mental health services – information on infant, child, and youth mental health in-patient and out-patient programs.

The Gender-Affirming Roadmap for Patients and their Families provides information about the different services and resources that may be considered at various points during the process of exploring one’s gender identity or transitioning.

Common and uncommon diseases parents ask their pediatricians about:

ADHD Please click here to find more information.

CADDRA is a Canadian alliance of medical and healthcare professionals supporting patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families.

Allergy Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Allergy/Asthma Information Association
Food Allergy Research and Education
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology- Patient info
Anaphylaxis Anaphylaxis Canada
Why Risk it Canada
Anemia (Iron deficiency) Iron Disorder Institute
Hamilton Health Science
Anxiety Please click here to find more information
Arthritis (Juvenile Idiopathic/Juvenile rheumatoid) Arthritis Society British Columbia
Arthritis Foundation US
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
You, Your Child, and Arthritis
Asthma Asthma Society of Canada
AsthmaKids Canada
The Lung Association
Autism and Asperger’s Please click here to find more information
The Pacific Autism Family Centre Society: The PAFC’s core purpose is to be a Knowledge Centre bringing together state of the art resources for research, information, learning, assessment, treatment and support; and building capacity to address the lifespan needs of individuals with ASD, and their families across BC.
Celiac Disease Celiac Canada
Celiac Sprue Association
Cerebral Palsy Cerebral Palsy Association of BC
Chiropractic Canadian Paediatric Society position statement on chiropractic care for children.
Concussions Cattonline.com provides up-to-date concussion education for parents and coaches. It includes video lessons and resources to effectively prevent, recognize and manage a players recovery.
Congenital Heart Disease Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada
Western Children Heart Network
Childrens Heart
Congenital Hip Dysplasia International Hip Dysplasia Institute
Constipation National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
Croup Canadian Lung Association
Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis/Inflammatory Bowel Disease  Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
Depression Please click here to find more information
Developmental Coordination Disorder Centre for Childhood Disability Research
Diabetes Canadian Diabetes Association
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Diarrhea National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
Down syndrome Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Ear Infections HealthLink BC
BC Childrens Hospital
Eczema About Kids Health
or Febrile Seizures
BC Epilepsy Society
Epilepsy Foundation
Eye Infection Perinatal Services BC (PSBC)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Provincial Outreach Program for FASD
The FASD Center
Gastroesophageal Reflux National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
About Kids Health
Hearing BC Early Hearing Program
BC Family Hearing Resource Society
Homeopathy Canadian Paediatric Society position statement on homeopathy for children.
Immunizations Please click here to find more information
Influenza Public Health Agency of Canada
Kawasaki Disease PubMed Health
Kawasaki Disease Canada
Kawasaki Disease Foundation
Migraine National Headache Foundation
Muscular Dystrophy Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
Natural Health Products Canadian Paediatric Society position statement on natural health products.
Newborn Screening BC Childrens Hospital
HealthLink BC
Nutrition Canada’s Food Guide
Dietitians Canada
Obesity Please click here to find more information
Rare Diseases National Organization for Rare Diseases is a health organization dedicated to helping people with rare “orphan” diseases.
Rare Disease Foundation organizes local parent to parent support groups and promotes a new approach for rare disease research and care.
Sleep Perinatal Services BC
Every Sleep Counts
Speech Development Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
BC Association of Speech and Language Pathologists 
American Speech Language Hearing Association
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Baby’s Breath
HealthLink BC
Perinatal Services BC
Thyroid Disorders Thyroid Foundation of Canada
Vision Loss Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada